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49ers Select Team Captains

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Jim Harbaugh announced the 49ers team captains: Justin Smith, Patrick Willis and Colin Kaepernick.



Jim Harbaugh announced team captains on Friday.

In the mind of San Francisco’s coach, the captain system is very much like an election. Each captain serves a two-year term.

That being said, All-Pro defensive tackle Justin Smith returns to the team's triumvirate of captains to finish his two-year stint.

Joining Smith will be Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis. Both were selected by their teammates on Tuesday.

Kaepernick is the only first-time captain among the trio. It was a well-deserved honor that bodes well for the 49ers, according to Harbaugh.

“Colin is definitely a deserving choice,” Harbaugh said. “Colin’s work ethic and leadership has been plus, plus.”

READ: KAEPERNICK Q&A

The voting, however, included several worthy candidates. Harbaugh pointed to Frank Gore and NaVorro Bowman being among the other top choices in the locker room.

“There are so many good candidates it was reflected in the vote,” Harbaugh said. “The players always do a great job, that’s why they do the voting.”

Smith, Willis and Kaepernick will be joined each week for the pregame coin-toss by a special teams captain that will be selected by the team before each game.

Heading into Sunday’s Week 1 opener against Green Bay, Harbaugh sounded pleased with the state of his team.

“Your identity is one that’s earned on the game days and looking forward to our 2013 team forming an identity,” Harbaugh said. “Feel good, feel confident, feel like our team is ready to play.”

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